Call for Papers, Presentations & Posters
Simulating Complex Service Systems

The Winter Simulation Conference (WSC) is the premier international forum for disseminating recent advances in the field of dynamic systems modeling and simulation. In addition to a technical program of unsurpassed scope and quality, WSC provides the central meeting place for simulation practitioners, researchers and vendors. Research in modeling and simulation is propelled by fostering cross fertilization between various disciplines. The theme for WSC 2016 is Simulating Complex Service Systems. This theme emphasizes the increasingly complex engineered and human systems in highly connected environments, the availability of data to help us model such systems, technological advances which continue to push the limits of computation, and conceptual and mathematical advances which help us to make sense of complex systems. These forces help to enable more informed decisions.

LOCATION

WSC 2016 will be held in Arlington (Washington DC), Virginia, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott and Convention Center. The hotel and convention center are located near the Pentagon and across the Potomac River from Washington, DC. The hotel is also connected to the Crystal City Shoppes and has easy access to all Washington, DC sights via the Metro system.

KEYNOTE & TITAN SPEAKERS

Keynote speaker Scott E. Page is Director of the Center for the Study of Complex Systems and the Leonid Hurwicz Collegiate Professor of Complex Systems, Political Science, and Economics at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. His online course Model Thinking has attracted more than one half a million participants. He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a fellowship at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences. Prof. Page is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Titan of Simulation Edward H. Kaplan is the William N. and Marie A. Beach Professor of Operations Research, Professor of Public Health, and Professor of Engineering at Yale University. Prof Kaplan was elected to the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine). His research in HIV prevention and counterterrorism has been recognized with the Edelman Award, Lanchester Prize, CDCs Charles C. Shepard Science Award, INFORMS President’s Award, three Koopman Prizes, and numerous other awards.

Titan of Simulation Susan M. Sanchez is a Professor of Operations Research at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, California, and holds a joint appointment in the Graduate School of Business & Public Policy. She established and serves as Co-director of NPS’s Simulation Experiments & Efficient Designs (SEED) Center for Data Farming. Over the last decade, the SEED Center has done research for the US Armed Forces and many leading defense organizations in the US and allied countries.

In addition, MASM Keynote will be Robert C. Leachman and the Military Track will feature Military Keynote Todd Combs. Robert C. Leachman is Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at the University of California at Berkeley. His work with semiconductor companies has won the 1995 Franz Edelman Award Competition of INFORMS and he was runner up in the 2001 Franz Edelman Award Competition. Todd Combs is the Director of the Global Security Services Division at Argonne National Laboratory. His research has spanned energy systems analysis for DOE sponsors, and the use of modeling and simulation to national and homeland security issues for the DoD and Homeland Security sponsors.

PROGRAM

WSC 2016 features a comprehensive program ranging from introductory tutorials to state-of-the-art research and practice. Planned tracks are:

  • Cross-Fertilization
  • Analysis Methodology
  • Simulation Optimization
  • Modeling Methodology
  • Agent-Based Simulation
  • Hybrid Simulation
  • Social and Behavioral Simulation
  • Defense and Security
  • Modeling and Analysis of Semiconductor Manufacturing (MASM)
  • Healthcare Applications
  • Logistics, SCM and Transportation
  • Manufacturing Applications
  • Networks and Communications
  • Project Management and Construction
  • Environmental and Sustainability Applications
  • General Applications
  • Introductory Tutorials
  • Advanced Tutorials
  • Simulation Education
  • Case Studies
  • PhD Colloquium
  • Poster Sessions
  • Vendor Tutorials

The PhD Colloquium, Poster Session, Vendor and Case Studies tracks provide background on established and new methods, tools and application domains.

WSC 2016 continues to incorporate the MASM (Modeling and Analysis for Semiconductor Manufacturing) Conference, the leading modeling and analysis conference for global semiconductor manufacturing and supply chain operations.

PAPER DEADLINES AND REQUIREMENTS
All contributed paper submissions will be peer reviewed. Accepted papers will be published in the CD-ROM version of the conference proceedings. All papers must be presented for the paper to be fully published, copyrighted and disseminated. Instructions, information, submission forms and procedures are available on the WSC website, www.wintersim.org.

Each accepted paper must have a unique registration and a corresponding presentation at the conference by one of the paper's authors. Board approval is required if any single registration is attached to more than one paper.

Contributed Paper Deadlines

  • April 1, 2016: Electronically submit contributed papers not previously published or presented. Each submission must be use the Word or LaTeX templates on the Authors Kit. The page size in the proceedings is 8.5 by 11 inches (21.6 cm by 27.9 cm). Papers should be at most 12 pages (including an abstract of not more than 150 words), except for introductory tutorials, advanced tutorials, and panel sessions, for which the limit is 15 pages. Submission implies that an author will attend WSC 2016 and present the paper, and all clearance required for publication of the paper will be obtained by July 15, 2016. Use of the authors’ templates in one of the following formats is required: Microsoft Word or LaTeX. Submissions must be made through the WSC website, www.wintersim.org.
  • June 1, 2016: Contributors will be notified whether their paper has been accepted.
  • July 1, 2016: Authors electronically submit corrected papers to the Proceedings Editor.
  • July 15, 2016: Authors electronically provide a final manuscript meeting all technical and format requirements to the Proceedings Editor.

Invited Paper Deadlines

  • May 1, 2016: Submit full papers. Electronically submit contributed papers not previously published or presented. Each submission must be use the Word or LaTeX templates on the Authors Kit. The page size in the proceedings is 8.5 by 11 inches (21.6 cm by 27.9 cm). Papers should be at most 12 pages (including an abstract of not more than 150 words), except for introductory tutorials, advanced tutorials, and panel sessions, for which the limit is 15 pages. Submission implies that an author will attend WSC 2016 and present the paper, and all clearance required for publication of the paper will be obtained by July 15, 2016. Use of the authors’ templates in one of the following formats is required: Microsoft Word or LaTeX. Submissions must be made through the WSC website, www.wintersim.org.
  • June 1, 2016: Contributors will be notified whether their paper has been accepted.
  • July 1, 2016: Authors electronically submit corrected papers to the Proceedings Editor.
  • July 15, 2016: Authors electronically provide a final manuscript meeting all technical and format requirements to the Proceedings Editor.

Poster Session or Ph.D. Colloquium: (One or the other, submission to both Poster Session and the PhD Colloquium is not allowed this year)

  • August 15, 2016: Deadline to electronically submit 2-page extended abstracts for presentations in the Poster Session and Ph.D. Student Colloquium and case study track. Submissions must be made through the WSC website, www.wintersim.org. Extended abstracts are used for designing the tracks, but are not peer reviewed parts of the proceedings.
  • September 19, 2016: Notification of acceptance to authors (including details about submitting slides, and formats of the posters).
  • October 3, 2016: Final extended abstracts due.
  • October 24, 2016: Slides for the presentation is due (see guidelines in the track information)
  • December 11, 2016: Bring your poster to the WSC 2016. The Poster Madness Session and PhD Colloquium both run on Sunday December 11, so participation in both is not possible.

Case Study Deadlines

  • August 15, 2016: Deadline to electronically submit 2-page extended abstracts for presentations in the Poster Session and Ph.D. Student Colloquium and case study track. Submissions must be made through the WSC website, www.wintersim.org. Extended abstracts are used for designing the tracks, but are not peer reviewed parts of the published proceedings.
  • September 19, 2016: Notification of acceptance to authors (including details about submitting slides, and formats of the posters).
  • October 3, 2016: Final extended abstracts due.

WSC 2016 is sponsored by ACM/SIGSIM, ASA (Technical Co-Sponsor), ASIM Technical Co-Sponsor, IEEE/SMC (Technical Co-Sponsor), IIE, INFORMS-SIM, NIST (Technical Co-Sponsor) and SCS.